Friday, November 27, 2015

The Stardust Cap Kit - Everything you need to sparkle!

Stardust Cap Kit
The Stardust Cap Kit is a cute beret with the perfect combination of beautiful yarn and twinkly Swarovski crystal beads.  It's a perfect one-size-fits-all project for a dazzling holiday gift - or, better yet, knit it for yourself!

The beret is knit in Rowan's Finest yarn.  Really.  That's the name.  So with a name like Rowan's Finest, this yarn better be special ... and it is!  Rich, lustrous, and silky with nice body and a bit of a halo.  This blend of extra fine Merino wool, cashmere and royal alpaca is like butter!

Pair this yummy yarn with a double starburst of real Swarovski crystals, and the Stardust Cap is fancy and festive enough to put on the top of your Christmas tree! 

There are two ways to order the Stardust Cap pattern: 
    1.  We have put together kits in five different colorways.  Each convenient kit includes the yarn, beads, pattern PDF . . . even a bead needle!  We've done all the math for you, so you get the right amount of yarn and all the right amount of beads and all in the right size - all ready for you to start knitting!

    2.  If you prefer more freedom, you can create your own kit by purchasing separately:
      • 2 skeins of Rowan's Finest yarn
        • 96 (1 package) of size 4 mm Shine Swarovski Beads
          • Pattern - Free with the purchase of your Rowan's Finest yarn.  Be sure to request the pattern in the "comments" area when you order your yarn and we'll e-mail you the PDF. We'll also include the bead needle you'll need.
          Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

          Wednesday, November 25, 2015

          Happy Thanksgiving! (And FREE Shipping!)

          It is very fashionable this year for a business to announce that their shop will not be open on Thanksgiving.  So I hereby announce: FiberWild! will not be open on Thanksgiving ... Family First!

          But the truth is, we've never been open on Thanksgiving.  Sean and I don't want to skip our family time to work in the store, and we are not getting up at 3:00 am to open extra early on Black Friday. We're assuming our employees don't want to, either.  So we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and we will be open our regular hours (10 am to 5 pm) on Friday.

          But FiberWild! will be "open" on our website.  All day, 24-hours a day, just like always.  Eat your turkey, and then do some shopping from home with your shoes kicked off and your belt loosened up a few notches.  Heck, shop in your pajamas - we don't care! 

          And to sweeten your holiday shopping-from-home, we're offering FREE shipping Wednesday through Cyber Monday (November 25 through 30, 2015).  That's free shipping on any size order to the US and Canada!

          Just think of this sweet deal as an extra dollop of whipped cream on your pumpkin pie.

          Happy Knitting . . . . And Happy Thanksgiving! . . . . Amy

          Monday, November 23, 2015

          Ancient Luxury with the Byzantine Shawl

          The Byzantine Shawl
          The Byzantine Empire was in existence from 330 A.D. to 1453.  The empire was the most powerful economic, cultural and military force in Europe.  I think the most interesting part of the Empire's history was their rich and affluent culture, with a great passion for luxury.

          Easy to crochet, now you can wrap yourself in the luxury of a Byzantine Empresses with my new Byzantine Shawl!

          Empress Theodora of Byzantine
          This beautiful crescent-shaped shawl sports a lovely half circle stitch pattern, and you will love the smart border and edging combination!  This shawl looks both stunning and timeless.  The body fabric is an easy-to-follow four row pattern repeat ... a simple increase and stitch-mirroring that runs up the center of the work. There is a handsome, straight-forward double crochet border to frame the body of the piece, and an elegant openwork edging. What makes it all work so beautifully is the combination of stitches and the proportions of the overall shawl.  Plus, it's crochet, which means it's going to work up much faster than a knit fabric of similar weight! 

          Byzantine Shawl Border Detail
          The shawl is crocheted in Zen Yarn Garden's gorgeous Serenity Silk Single.  It would be hard to find a more beautiful yarn. With Zen Yarn Garden's amazing hand-dyed color and the nice tight twist on this light-weight single-ply yarn, it's one of those yarns that folks just gravitate to in the store. When you touch this yarn you realize that there's a reason merino, cashmere, and silk are considered yummy luxury fibers. Serenity Silk Single is all three in one beautiful package, available in over 35 gorgeous colors.

          Byzantine Shawl
          Bonus:  The Byzantine Shawl pattern is FREE with the purchase of Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity Silk Single!

          Ancient luxury never gets old!

          Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

          Friday, November 20, 2015

          Snow Bunting Cowl - A Quick Knit in Bulky Alpaca Yarn

          The Snow Bunting Cowl
          It's always a delight to find a simple-to-knit bulky yarn project that is as fun to wear as it is to knit.  And the Snow Bunting Cowl is easy ... even if all you have ever knit so far is scarves!

          The main body is knit horizontally with a large swath of Garter stitch to one side and a not-too-complicated cable to the other.  Basically, it's a short scarf.  Then bind that off and pick up stitches down one side for the ruffle. There are a couple of learning bits, but the skills are basic.

          If you are a new knitter this is a great beyond-the-scarf project.

          If you are a life-long knitter this bulky yarn project is easy enough that you could knock out more than one before the holidays ... Just sayin’.  This one-size-fits-all cowl makes a great gift!

          The Snow Bunting Cowl
          Bonus:  The pattern is free with the purchase of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky

          The cowl is knit with  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.  Soft but durable, Ultra Alpaca Chunky combines super fine alpaca with good sturdy Peruvian Wool. This is a no-nonsense combed and plied yarn that will stand up to lots of wear.  And it's pretty!

          The Snow Bunting Cowl is held in place with a Jūl closure.  If you're not familiar with Jūl closures, you really ought to take a look. These exceptionally well-made leather and metal closures are easy to use and reuse.  They don't take the planning that a buttonhole requires, and you can switch out different styles for a new look.  They can transform even the simplest projects into amazingly stylish accessories!

          Psst!  If you like Ultra Alpaca Chunky, you should also check out worsted weight Ultra Alpaca, DK gauge Ultra Alpaca Light, or fingering weight Ultra Alpaca Fine.

          Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

          Tuesday, November 17, 2015

          Holiday Cards from Our Own FiberWild Artist Wendi!

          Knitters and Crocheters are a special kind of people. Sure, we could buy our mittens and socks sweaters at Nordstrom, Land’s End, or even Walmart, but we realize that there’s something extraordinary about handmade items.

          "Santa Scout", "Warm Heart", and "Stitchmas Tree" Holiday Greeting Cards

          Most of our FiberWild! employees are artists in their non-FiberWild! lives. When they’re not at the shop, our employees are painters, photographers, printmakers, pattern designers, authors, quilters, and seamstresses as well as the spinners, weavers, crocheters, and knitters that you might expect.

          Wendi Dibbern is one of our artists, and she has created a series of hand printed holiday cards specifically with fiber lovers in mind.

          How is it done? First, Wendi transfers her hand drawn image to a block of artist’s linoleum. She uses carving tools to carefully cut the design into the block, ink is applied by hand using a brayer, paper is placed on top, and the printing is completed with a run through her etching press. The hands-on process creates a print that is slightly unique each time.

          Check out that “Stitchmas” tree. Do you see the scissors, crochet hooks, stitch markers, and other notions? It’s like a “Where’s Waldo” puzzle for fiber artists. Look closely at the “Warm Heart” and you’ll see the warmest handmade mittens, hats, and scarves. And of course, who doesn’t love FiberWild’s own mascot cat Scout in his adorable sweaters? Now that he’s calling himself an artist’s model, there’s no dealing with him.

          Each card is 5″ x 7″, suitable for framing, and blank on the inside to write your own personal greeting.


          Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

          Friday, November 13, 2015

          Dream On! With the November Dream Club Kit

          Dream On! Hat
          Join the club!  I mean the Dream in Color "Dream Club," of course!

          Here's how it works:  The gals at Dream in Color pick one of their favorite yarns and dye it an exclusive color that is available only in the Dream Club kit, then pair up the new color with a new pattern.  Once the limited edition color is gone - it's gone!

          But this time they've taken it up a notch with an exclusive Dream Club color and an exclusive Dream Club yarn!  The special yarn is Jilly With Silk, a gorgeous single-ply 80% superwash merino wool with 15% silk.  It's like the 100% superwash merino wool Jilly . . . but with an extra helping of luxury!

          The Jilly with Silk is dyed a warm autumn blend of reds and grey blues - perfect for the approach of winter!

          The pattern is "Dream On!," a slouchy hat with ribs and cables.  Fun to knit and fun to wear!

          November Jilly With Silk
          The November Dream Club kit includes one skein of the exclusive November yarn (enough to knit one hat) plus a copy of the Dream On! hat pattern as an electronic download.  The download will be waiting for you in your FiberWild! account after purchase. 

          Psst!  All of our previous Dream Club kits are sold out except the En Plein Air (knit) & Water Lilies (crochet) Fingerless Mitts (October 2015), the Elven Bosk Wrap (February 2015), and the Sachy Hat & Mitts (November 2014).  Take a look before they're gone!

          Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

          Thursday, November 12, 2015

          Needle and Hook Set Flash Sale Ends Friday the 13th!

          Addie Click Natura Set
          Black cats.  Broken mirrors.  Now you've got another reason to dread Friday the 13th - the end of our Needle and Hook Set 20% Off Flash Sale!

          It's a drag to buy new needles or a new hook for every new project - it's so much nicer to have a complete set at home, ready and waiting for your next knitting or crocheting adventure!  And it's even better when our needle and hook sets are 20% off!

          We've got traditional sets of individual needles and hooks such as the ChiaoGoo Double Point Sock Set in steel or bamboo, the Addi Colours Crochet Hook Set and the Addi Swing Crochet Hook Set.   Plus, we've also got our favorite circular needle interchangeable sets from Addi, ChiaoGoo and Clover - that's 20 different options to choose from!

          4" ChiaoGoo Twist Set - Complete
          Each set comes in its own easy-to-gift-wrap organizing case.  Perfect for gift giving - and gift-getting!

          But pick fast!  This 20% off sale only runs until the end of the day on Friday, November 13th.

          Have a lucky Friday the 13th!

          Happy Knitting . . . . Amy